Book 2 – The Shack by William P. Young

The Shack

I’m a little late in posting, I know. I actually finished reading this book in the middle of last week. But I’ve been struggling to know where to start with a review.

There has been a huge amount of hype over this book in Christian circles. Some folk seem to treat it as the most important piece of Christian writing since the Bible. Others dismiss it as promoting universalism among other heresies and portraying God as a woman. But for me, my main reaction was “meh”.

The story is about a man whose young daughter had been abducted and brutally murdered a few years earlier. One weekend, he receives an invitation from God to go spend the weekend with Him in the isolated shack where the killing took place. So he goes, he meets God, has lots of intense conversations with each of the three persons of the Trinity. He becomes reconciled to God and his long dead abusive father, leaves the shack and nearly dies in a car crash. And then he feels a lot better about everything.

It didn’t quite hit home with me. You’ll get a better, more exciting Christian story in CS Lewis, or Bunyan. And if you want to know God more, you’d be far better off with the Bible.

Plot 4/10

Characters 6/10

Readability 7/10

Laughs 4/10

Read again? No

Coming up for Week 3; An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

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